Powerful People: From Mao to Now, a Reporter's 50 Year Pursuit of . . .

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In this engrossing fifty-year journey chronicling the extraordinary adventures and observations of a legendary journalist for Time, Life and Fortune, Roy Rowan revisits powerful people who have helped shape the twentieth century. His riveting story begins with Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek during their brutal struggle for control of China - a conflict in which Rowan was deeply immersed - and ends with Ross Perot, the blunt-speaking billionaire who has become a force in American politics. Populating the pages ...
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In this engrossing fifty-year journey chronicling the extraordinary adventures and observations of a legendary journalist for Time, Life and Fortune, Roy Rowan revisits powerful people who have helped shape the twentieth century. His riveting story begins with Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek during their brutal struggle for control of China - a conflict in which Rowan was deeply immersed - and ends with Ross Perot, the blunt-speaking billionaire who has become a force in American politics. Populating the pages between them are such historical personalities as General Douglas MacArthur, Marshal Tito, Jimmy Hoffa, Henry Luce, Imelda Marcos, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. During his career, Rowan looked for characteristics that separate the powerful from everyone else. His search took him to the wars in China, Korea and Vietnam, to civil rights riots, as well as to fierce battles in corporate America. Because the lives of these influential men and women still have currency, their stories raise a basic question relevant to us all. In today's world, with so much emphasis on human values, how are we to view the pursuit of power?

In this engrossing 50-year journalistic journey, Time, Life, and Fortune correspondent Roy Rowan revists powerful people who have helped shape the 20th century. Populating these pages are such historical personalities as Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, Douglas MacArthur, Marshal Tito, Jimmy Hoffa, and Imelda Marcos. Illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Rowan, a former correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune, has raided his notebooks to produce a scrapbook of portraits, heavily weighted to his interesting experience in a changing China. As a young reporter wandering about China in 1947, he wangled his way into Life with his accounts of the rise of the Communists. He went on to report from elsewhere, including India, where he portrayed the Nizam of Hyderabad, the wealthiest man in the world in 1948, and East Germany, whose Communist leader, Walter Ulbricht, withstood the protests of his people in 1953. In the U.S., Rowan covered the Little Rock desegregation crisis, negotiated to acquire the notorious Zapruder film of JFK's assassination for Life and followed new President Gerald Ford on his maiden forays into diplomacy. He pads the book with pieces on the likes of Imelda Marcos, Frank Lorenzo and silver magnates Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother William.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rowan, a former correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune, has raided his notebooks to produce a scrapbook of portraits, heavily weighted to his interesting experience in a changing China. As a young reporter wandering about China in 1947, he wangled his way into Life with his accounts of the rise of the Communists. He went on to report from elsewhere, including India, where he portrayed the Nizam of Hyderabad, the wealthiest man in the world in 1948, and East Germany, whose Communist leader, Walter Ulbricht, withstood the protests of his people in 1953. In the U.S., Rowan covered the Little Rock desegregation crisis, negotiated to acquire the notorious Zapruder film of JFK's assassination for Life and followed new President Gerald Ford on his maiden forays into diplomacy. He pads the book with pieces on the likes of Imelda Marcos, Frank Lorenzo and silver magnates Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother William. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This lively memoir reads like a novel. The first part covers Rowan's days in China in the 1940s as a reporter for Life magazine, when the Communists drove Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalists off the mainland. Rowan went on to cover other areas of the Far East as well as Yugoslavia and Germany during the Cold War. In all these situations, he met and interviewed the people who had the power to make things happen. Home in the United States, Rowan, writing also for Time and Fortune, talked with soon-to-be President Gerald Ford, union leader Jimmy Hoffa, Imelda Marcos, and Ross Perot, among others. Rowan must have kept a very complete journal or have total recall, because he is able to recount details of meetings and conversations held years ago. He ends with a short essay on his conclusions about the qualities that make people powerful. A suitable purchase for public libraries.Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
Ted Leventhal
With network news obsessed with the likes of O. J. Simpson, Princess Di, and other tabloid subjects, is it any wonder the lions of American journalism have turned to their memoirs? Roy Rowan, a 50-year veteran of "Time" and "Life" magazines, recalls the famous people he has met throughout his long career. Rowan got his start as a 28-year-old China correspondent for "Life" magazine during the final days of the Chinese civil war. His book has the self-effacing, humorous style of another great "Life" reporter's memoir: Theodore White's "In Search of History" (1988). Rowan attempts to tie together his life experiences as a study of leadership. In the end, however, it is his many anecdotes that make the book memorable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786703128
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/23/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I The Last Convoy 1
II Glimpsing the Generalissimo 15
III Slow Boat to Shanghai 25
IV Coming to Life 37
V Suddenly, It's Mao Manchuria 44
VI The Mad Assault on Amnyi Machen 54
VII Tale of Two Warlords 64
VIII Waterloo at Huai-Hai 73
IX The Flight of Gold 84
X Lunch with Luce 94
XI Shanghai, Good-bye 101
XII Dominoes That Didn't Fall 113
XIII The Richest Man in the World 126
XIV "God's Right-Hand Man" 133
XV Tito and a Tale of Two Mothers 143
XVI Stalin's Boy 150
XVII Faubus vs. the Feds 158
XVIII Travels with Jimmy 168
XIX The Man Who Shot JFK Being Shot 178
XX Lyndon's Coonskin Declaration 191
XXI The Premier and the Princess 202
XXII Travels with Jerry 211
XXIII Flight of the Iron Butterfly 224
XXIV "Silver Thursday" 234
XXV Bunker's Big Sister 245
XXVI The Toughest Boss in America 253
XXVII Reagan's Other Nancy 263
XXVIII Running After Ross 274
Conclusions 283
Acknowledgments 289
Index 291
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